Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Περσεύς [Perseús]; Latin Perseus)

A. Myth

P. is important in mythology by virtue of his descent, his decapitation of the Gorgon Medusa and his deeds, mostly accomplished with the help of the said severed head (the ‘Gorgoneion’).

The starting-point for the myth of P. is a prophecy according to which Acrisius, king of Argos, learns that he will die at the hands of a son of his daughter, Danae. Acrisius responds by incarcerating Danae to avert this fate. But Zeus turns to golden rain and succeeds in reaching her and fatherin…

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Mergenthaler, Volker, “Perseus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 16 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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